Wilding pine spread on hillside
    Wilding pine spread on hillside

    How You Can Prevent The Spread

    Wilding conifers have the ability to spread at a rapid pace, but we can tackle the problem head-on by doing whatever we can to prevent the spread. Whether it is something small or large, individual or as a group, collectively if we all do our bit, we can turn the tables by tackling these problem tree species at the source and removing them from our landscape.

    Below are some of the different ways you can get involved with wilding conifer control work in your area.

    Cutting down a wilding pine

    Controlling wilding pines on your property

    If you have identified wilding trees you are concerned about on your property it is important to address these first. Dependent on the stage and rate of spread, it may require one of many different approaches. If they are small and able to be pulled out by hand this is an effective approach. If safe to do so, slightly larger trees can be cut at the lowest point where the base meets the ground ensuring there are no needles below the cut. Mature trees will usually require a specialist and should only be done by competent and trained individuals.

    If you would like advice on how to manage wilding trees on your property we can help. Email us at: info@uppercluthawildingtreegroup.co.nz

    Volunteer holding wilding pine

    Add your voice to the conversation

    One of the key areas in shifting the balance back in favour is wider education. The reality is that many people are either unaware or unconcerned about the immediate threat we are facing. Taking the time to raise these conversations more frequently will ensure wider collective support to address the problem.

    In addition, elevating the issue and making it more prominently known to your local and regional councillors, local MPs and wider industry groups will ensure the spotlight remains on this problem.

    Planting non harmful wilding pine alternatives

    Non-Harmful Planting Alternatives

    If you are thinking of planting trees, please consider trees that either help to restore natural biodiversity or are non-spreading alternatives. If you are unsure please refer to the QLDC tree policy link. None of the following species should be considered under the Regional Pest Management indicated by Otago Regional Council.

    Outlook from hillside with wilding pine in foreground

    Make a donation

    We would not be able to carry out this crucial work without funding and donations.

    If you would like to make a financial donation to help tackle the problem of wilding trees in the Wānaka and Hāwea area we would love to hear from you.

    Email us at: info@uppercluthawildingtreegroup.co.nz